Hey everybody! Last week, we talked about a number of different strategies that can be used to win at the game of Rock-Paper Scissors (if you missed it, you can find it here). This week, we are going to go a step further and see how these strategies can be applied to other games. It’s…Read More
Cut, Crush, and Cover: The Strategies of Rock-Paper-Scissors
Rock-Paper-Scissors is one of those games that is so ubiquitous that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. As a tool for making random decisions, it ranks up there with flipping a coin or shaking a magic 8 ball. The difference, however, is that there is no World Championship of Flipping Coins. Despite it’s…Read More
Luck Vs Skill: The False Dichotomy
When I started researching for this article, my original plan was to talk mainly about a category of games known as “Solved Games”, or games that have a mathematically proven optimal strategy. I was going to use that article to talk about what it means to have solved a game, different games that have been…Read More
Deal or No Deal: When Should You Take the Deal?
I’ve been writing this blog for around 10 months now, and in that time I have covered a lot of different topics in the fields of gaming and game design. We have studied ancient games from history, mobile apps, and even modern console masterpieces, but one type of game I have yet to talk about…Read More
What is the Best Square in Monopoly?
For the last couple of weeks I have been on a winter break from college, which for me means traveling all over the Midwest trying to see all the family members that I rarely get the chance to see throughout the year. Not only did I get to spend time with my family that I…Read More